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What causes joint pain?
After lower back pain and neck pain, the most common joint pain chiropractors treat is what is often referred to as peripheral joint pain. This will include shoulder, hip and knee pain. These joints are more prone to wear and tear and early signs of osteoarthritis.
The risks associated with joints include old injuries, obesity, repetitive activity, weak muscles and to a lesser extent heredity factors. Other factors that can have an adverse effect on our joints include posture, footwear, and lifestyle.
Why it is important to understand the causes
To offer the most appropriate treatment the causes of joint pain must first be understood, e.g. sprains and strains, tendinitis, and secondly those key factors that are placing the patient at risk, e.g. posture, muscle imbalances and excessive use.
What treatment protocols work?
As well as chiropractic treatment consideration will also be given to soft tissue massage, acupuncture, kinesiology and a rehabilitation program tailored to the specific needs of the patient.
Back pain is the second most common reason, after respiratory disorders, that patients seek help of the healthcare system. Eighty-five percent of people will be disabled by an attack of back pain during their lives, and at any given time 7% of the adult population will be suffering a bout of back pain
What are the main causes?
Most back pain symptoms are in fact not caused by any underlying pathology, such as a disease, fracture or slipped disc but rather the way we lead our lives.
Why is early-intervention important?
There is little doubt that our sedentary lifestyles and work habits are key factors in the incidence of back pain. Putting up with pain is neither helpful to your long term health nor commensurate with leading a happy lifestyle. What is important is that help and treatment is sought early thereby reducing the risk to chronic back pain and long term disability.
Studies over the years have repeated shown that Chiropractic has successfully treated both acute and chronic lower back pain. Chiropractors are trained to not only diagnose the causes of back pain but undertake a course of treatment that brings relief and lasting help to the patient.